Late final month, the TikTok influencer Addison Rae went on “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon” and casually carried out a set of latest viral dance routines in a comedic skit. Critics reacted with cries of appropriation — the dances’ creators, lots of them Black, weren’t credited — and with dismissals of Rae’s dancing skill.
What the producers of the skit didn’t acknowledge is how dance credit have develop into integral to TikTok, as they’ve been on apps the place dance was beforehand well-liked, like Instagram and Dubsmash. Influencers like Rae and Charli D’Amelio may be probably the most well-known dancers on TikTok, however they’re vessels for dances created by a variety of others, from skilled choreographers on the lookout for a jolt of virality to youngsters understanding new strikes of their basement.
On this week’s Popcast, a dialog in regards to the methods dance has been central to the unfold of TikTok, the connection between Black choreographers and white influencers and a pocket historical past of dance credit on social media.